Success Coaching

Connect with your coaching cohort

If you’re an Indy Achieves Promise Scholar who receives the Frank O’Bannon Grant, in your first year at IUPUI, you’re a part of a coaching cohort.

Note: If you’re a 21st Century Scholar, connect with IUPUI's 21st Century Scholars Success Program.

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In your cohort, your dedicated student success coach works with you during your time at IUPUI to ensure you are getting the most out of your student experience.

Success coaching offers:

  • Individualized support through regular one-on-one meetings
  • Goal-setting and success strategies for your career, educational, and personal growth
  • Referrals to campus resources and IUPUI offices
  • Student engagement opportunities through campus and cohort community events
  • Financial literacy assistance for scholarships, financial aid, SAP appeals, etc.

Your Indy Achieves student success coach:

  • Receives extensive training through Inside Track at IUPUI
  • Is committed to working with you as you pursue your degree at IUPUI
  • Tailors coaching to you as an individual student

Meet the student success coaches

Alina Zayas

Student Success Manager, Upperclassmen and Transfer Students
(317) 274-5980

M.S.W., The Ohio State University, 2018
B.S., Human Services, Purdue University, 2016

Biography: I am originally from Queens, New York, but consider my hometown to be Lafayette, Indiana. I am passionate about working with college students and am invested in their success. I enjoy getting to know my students and supporting them toward their goals. My areas of interest are social justice issues, mental health, education, and learning about other cultures. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and trying new cuisines, star gazing, baking, and spending time with my family and pups.



Alexis-Simone Calvin

Student Success Coach, First Year Students

(317) 274-2526



Bachelor of Arts, International Studies 2016

Biography: I was born in the sunny city of Los Angeles but raised in Indiana, so I consider myself a Hoosier. I attended Lawrence Central High School (Go Bears!) and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with an International Studies degree. My love for cultures outside of my own has guided my career path. My experience ranges from working with students from the rural Midwest spending a semester in Chicago to expanding my knowledge of international education while working for a study abroad provider. Students and education are at the heart of my work as I am passionate about student success and student's journeys through college. Outside of work, I enjoy watching Spanish telenovelas, long walks around parks near my house, reading, traveling to new places, and sweets of almost any kind (food is my second love language).



Mandy Porter

Student Success Coach, Second Year Students

(317) 274-0789



M.S., University of Central Arkansas 2013

B.A.A., Central Michigan University 2010

Biography: I have been a resident of Indiana and working in higher education since graduating with my Master's degree in 2013. Originally, I am from Michigan, and most of my family still lives there. I enjoy working closely with students and getting to know more about them. I enjoy listening to podcasts which are helpful during trivia nights. If I am at home, I am usually binging the latest show or putting together a puzzle. If it is nice out, I like exploring Indiana State Parks and trails